Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman led the stars at the 2019 Strictly Come Dancing launch - which took place on the final Bank Holiday Monday of the summer. Stepping out in the baking London heat, the glam duo, who co-host the annual BBC dance contest, looked thrilled to be back as they strutted onto the stage, hand-in-hand, to greet the crowds at the inaugural event for the 17th season. Claudia, 47, ditched her usual black attire, wowing in an elaborate sparkling trouser-suit. First ladies: Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman led the stars at the 2019 Strictly Come Dancing launch - which took place on the final Bank Holiday Monday of the summer Loving life: Stepping out in the baking London heat, the glam duo, who co-host the annual BBC dance contest, looked thrilled to be back as they strutted onto the stage Here come the girls: The dazzling duo walked out hand-in-hand to greet the crowds at the inaugural event for the 17th season Loving life! The duo seemed in … [Read more...] about Strictly Come Dancing launch 2019: Tess Daly slips into a velvet gown as Claudia Winkleman makes a bold style choice in glittering scarlet suit
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Ahmet stood on a roof in the district of Sur in Diyarbakır and watched as two bulldozers razed his family home. Dust clouds rose into the sky as another wall collapsed. “This is the second time that I watch them demolish my house,” the 33-year-old said softly. The first time, Ahmet was nine years old. In the 1990s, when the conflict between the Turkish state and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK) was at a peak, soldiers burned down his village. Together with thousands of people displaced from the region, his family moved to Sur. “We had to leave everything behind. I did not even have shoes when we arrived in Diyarbakır,” he recalled. He looked down at his feet. “This time I was at least able to save them.” Violence in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish south-east has surged after a ceasefire between the country’s ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) and the PKK fell apart last July, leaving the three-year peace … [Read more...] about ‘What about our human rights?’: Kurds feel force of Turkey’s crackdown
Some books stand alone, while others are almost impossible to assess outside the political and cultural debates of their time. In June 2016, a few months before the US election, a young Silicon Valley investment manager published a workmanlike memoir, which has become a No 1 New York Times bestseller. JD Vance had grown up poor in rust-belt Ohio, in a family that was, by his account, highly dysfunctional. His book describes how he transcended severe disadvantages to attend Yale law school and go on to a lucrative career. It follows the broad arc of the survivor story, a genre that has a special place in the US’s conversation with itself. Class mobility in America is stagnant and Vance is a statistical outlier. He should not have made it out of Middletown, Ohio. That he did, he ascribes to luck, character and the relative stability provided by his grandmother, known as “Mamaw”. “Mamaw” and “Papaw” were descended from whites who settled … [Read more...] about Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance review – does this memoir really explain Trump’s victory?
It is a day which should have dawned brightly. A day when we no longer would see bottles and cans being kicked around as rubbish, clogging our waterways and degrading our amazing environment. But my feelings are mixed. Relief that we have finally made it to the point where a scheme has been launched tempered by impatience that the system is not yet up to speed. The over two decade journey to this point was sparked by community concern about the eight billion beverage containers that annually end up on our streets, parks, beaches, bushland and waterways or are simply dumped into landfill every year. In 2015 we celebrated the announcement that NSW would join SA and NT to implement a proven solution of deposit or refund. Encouraged, we continued to work alongside the communities we represent, other environmental groups and government agencies to apply pressure for the best, most accessible scheme that would see the back of the 160 million beverage containers littered in NSW every year. … [Read more...] about At last a way to recycle the billions of bottles we throw away every year – but is it good enough?
For years self-help gurus have preached the same simple mantra: if you want to improve your life then you need to change how you think. Force yourself to have positive thoughts and you will become happier. Visualise your dream self and you will enjoy increased success. Think like a millionaire and you will magically grow rich. In principle, this idea sounds perfectly reasonable. However, in practice it often proves ineffective. Take visualisation. Hundreds of self-improvement books encourage readers to close their eyes and imagine their perfect selves; to see themselves in a huge office at the top of the corporate ladder, or sipping a cocktail as they feel the warm Caribbean sand between their toes. Unfortunately, research suggests this technique does not work. In one study led by Lien Pham at the University of California, students were asked to spend a few moments each day visualising themselves getting a high grade in an upcoming exam. Even though the daydreaming exercise only lasted … [Read more...] about Self help: forget positive thinking, try positive action